Supplier News: Philip Morris Limited Announces Buy-Back System to Support Retailers After the Menthol Cigarette Ban

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Philip Morris Limited (PML) has revealed further details of its ‘Buy-Back’ system to support retailers following the ban on menthol cigarettes, as IQOS Menthol Kits become available to stock. 

The ‘Buy-Back’ system will allow retailers to return Philip Morris menthol cigarette packs which have had all UK duty paid, and be in plain packaging. The Philip Morris packs eligible for the system include Marlboro Green, Marlboro Ice Blast and Chesterfield Green.

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GroceryAid Launches New Fund to Support Convenience Colleagues

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the launch of a new £1.5 million fund from GroceryAid to help grocery colleagues deal with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

GroceryAid is a national charity offering emotional, financial and practical advice and support on a range of issues for all grocery colleagues and their immediate families.

The new fund aims to provide help to colleagues in three key ways:

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ACS: Government Issues Coronavirus Testing Guidance

The Government has issued further guidance for employers on coronavirus testing following the announcement that essential workers that are self-isolating are now eligible for the coronavirus test.

The NHS has produced a more detailed Employer Referral Portal- User Guide providing a step by step guide of how the portal works, how to fill out the referral spreadsheet, what information you will need about employees and how to track employee testing.

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ACS Welcomes Coronavirus Testing Extension

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed an announcement from the Government about the extension of coronavirus testing to all key workers in England experiencing coronavirus symptoms.

During yesterday’s press conference, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock outlined the Government’s ‘test, track and trace’ programme to help the UK out of lockdown.

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Supplier News: Allied Bakeries- Feeding the Nation

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Allied Bakeries has an essential role to play in feeding the nation during this crisis, both making sure shelves are stocked and ensuring bread gets to those who need it most.

Despite challenging conditions, we have donated over 23,000 Kingsmill loaves of bread to hospitals, fire stations, local charities & we’ve continued our partnership with Fareshare ensuring vulnerable people in the local community have access to good quality bread.

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ACS Launches Guidance for Customers Shopping on Behalf of Others

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has developed new guidance to help convenience retailers to support customers who are grocery shopping on behalf of others during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Launched today (21st April) the new guidance has been developed to inform convenience retailers about best practice on offering and processing ‘card not present’ payments during the COVID-19 outbreak for volunteers purchasing groceries on behalf of vulnerable customers or people self-isolating.

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